California Fire Map, Update As Wildfires Destroy Area 3 Times the Size of Yosemite

California wildfires continue to blaze across the state, having burned over 2.2 million acres of land, according to the latest report Tuesday from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The total amount burned in California this year so far—2,277,922 acres—is nearly three times the size of Yosemite National Park, which spans 759,620 acres.

"Compared to last year, California has seen over 2,650 more fires and a nearly 2000 percent increase in the acres burned year-to-date (January 1 – September 7), across all jurisdictions," Cal Fire noted in a post Tuesday on its official Twitter account.

Nearly 14,000 firefighters are battling 25 major wildfires in California, three (the Valley, Bobcat and Slater fires) of which have been zero percent contained, as of Tuesday evening. Around 3,300 structures have been destroyed, while eight people have died amid the ongoing fires, Cal Fire confirmed Tuesday.

High winds are producing "critical fire weather threats" across the western part of the country, the National Weather Service warned.

Compared to last year, California has seen over 2,650 more fires and a nearly 2000% increase in the acres burned year-to-date (January 1 – September 7), across all jurisdictions. pic.twitter.com/hv7LmbI5AD

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 8, 2020

A Red Flag Warning is in place for most of California, including the majority of northern California and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area.

"There is also a warning for the Eastern Sierras, the Mojave Desert, the Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles mountains, as well as the Inland Empire down into San Diego county. The conditions will bring strong, gusty winds and low humidity, increasing activity on current fires and can cause new fire starts to grow rapidly," Cal Fire warned.

Red Flag Warnings in effect for much of LA/Ventura counties through Wed evening. #SantaAna winds starting to develop in mountains and deserts as of 1 pm, expected to spread over valleys and coast later this afternoon and tonight. #LAWeather #cawx #Socal pic.twitter.com/rt2tqdvDvF

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 8, 2020

Here are the latest updates on some of the current major fires across California.

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno County
  • Acres: 162,833
  • Containment: 0 percent

The Creek Fire has burned nearly 70,000 acres of the Sierra National Forest so far.

Cal Fire noted in its latest report Tuesday: "The heavy fuels, especially the high tree mortality, will continue to be an issue for control efforts. This combined with the limited access and difficult terrain will allow the fire to continue to spread into the forest.

"The threat [to] the communities will continue to exist, the size of the fire will create a large area for control efforts," the department said.

Evacuation orders are in place for parts of Madera County, while evacuation warnings have been issued for parts of Fresno County. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Click the link below to view a detailed map of the #CreekFire. @FresnoSheriff @FresnoCoFire @R5_Fire_News @ChpFresno https://t.co/1Ano3VGkq5 pic.twitter.com/ZgJdgY4kfM

— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) September 9, 2020

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Acres: 10,344
  • Containment: 0 percent

The Angeles National Forest warned "Continued warm and dry conditions along with Santa Ana winds will contribute to active burning with erratic fire behavior," in a Tuesday post on its official Twitter account.

Smoke from the fire has caused unhealthy air quality in the following area, the Los Angeles County local government noted in a post on its official Twitter account.

  • East San Gabriel Valley
  • West San Gabriel Valley
  • South San Gabriel Valley
  • Pomona-Walnut Valley
  • San Gabriel Mountains
  • Central Los Angeles Area
  • Southeast LA County
  • South Central LA County

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for residents in the foothill communities of Duarte, Bradbury, Monrovia, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Pasadena and Altadena. "Please be on heightened alert and prepared for evacuations," the Los Angeles County Fire Department warned in a post on its official Twitter account.

See the latest report shared by Angeles National Forest for full details on evacuation warnings.

Valley Fire

  • Location: San Diego County
  • Acres: 17,565
  • Containment: 11 percent

"Higher humidities from the marine layer which pushed interior last night helped lessen fire activity throughout the day," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Tuesday.

"Strong offshore winds pose the potential for extreme fire behavior and critical / dangerous rates of spread. The peak of the wind event is predicted to occur between 11:00 PM Tuesday night and 3:00 AM Wednesday morning. The strong offshore winds will be replaced by a warming and drying trend," the report added.

Be prepared to evacuate. A Red Flag Warning is in effect until 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9 with anticipated winds reaching 45 mph overnight in the mountains and valleys. #ValleyFire https://t.co/zu9H0CMIoO pic.twitter.com/ffwEQEx7wo

— ReadySanDiego (@ReadySanDiego) September 9, 2020

Evacuation orders are in place for the Japatul Valley, Corte Madera Ranch, Lyons Valley, Carveacre, Lawson Valley and WiseCarver areas.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for the Pine Valley Descanso, Alpine, Dulzura, Barrett Junction and Potrero areas.

See Cal Fire's full report for details on all road closures.

A portion of the #PacificCrestTrail managed by the BLM has been temporarily closed due to the #ValleyFire currently burning in the Lawson Valley and Japatul areas located in San Diego County and impacts approximately 10.5 miles of trail. More: https://t.co/GwVzElnWc7 pic.twitter.com/ol3r3YjCLP

— Bureau of Land Management California (@BLMca) September 9, 2020

El Dorado Fire

  • Location: San Bernardino County
  • Acres: 11,259
  • Containment: 19 percent

Light winds, cooler temperatures and increased relative humidity were reported to have slowed the progression of the El Dorado Fire, which was caused by a pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party last weekend, Cal Fire noted in its latest report Tuesday.

"The potential for rapid fire growth remains a constant threat due to the fuels remaining dry and receptive to burning. There are islands of unburned fuel inside of the fire area with isolated torching causing a threat of long range spotting under windy conditions," the report warned.

A Red Flag Santa Ana wind warning remains in place through Wednesday, while evacuation orders also remain in place "due to the Red Flag warning and numerous hazards in the affected fire areas.

"Residents in the vicinity of Mentone and west Yucaipa, please be advised that a new evacuation warning is in effect for a portion of your community," Cal Fire noted.

Evacuation warnings and road closures are also in place across various parts of the impacted areas. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Slater Fire

  • Location: Siskiyou County
  • Acres: 22,000
  • Containment: 0 percent

The Slate Fire in the Klamath National Forest was reported to have expanded Tuesday from 150 acres to 22,000 acres in just under eight hours, with zero percent contained as of 11 p.m. local time, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department noted: "The fire is fast approaching!" in a 4:30 p.m. local time update on its Facebook page.

"A number of evacuation orders have been issued for various roads in the area as well as the community of Happy Camp," the Klamath National Forest confirmed in a post on its official Twitter account.

Make sure you are ready to go in the event you need to - view the latest fire map and Ready, Set, Go! information here. Also make sure you are signed up to receive emergency communications from your county: pic.twitter.com/84OcTto3TM

— Klamath NF (@Klamath_NF) September 8, 2020

Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Tehama and Glenn counties
  • Acres: 69,735
  • Containment: 58
  • Structures threatened: 25

The Elkhorn Fire in the Tehama Zone of the complex fire has burned 50,126 acres, with 55 percent contained, according to Cal Fire's latest report Tuesday.

Over in the Glenn Zone, the August Complex fire (which includes the Ivory/Doe Fire and the area that was known as the Tatham Fire) has burned 349,565 acres, with 24 percent contained. The total acreage of the August Complex fire includes both state and federal land; with 18,981 acres on state lands, the report noted.

In the Tehama Zone, evacuation orders are in effect for Zone A, Zone C-1 and Zone Q, while evacuation warnings are in place for Zone B and Zone C-2. Road closures have been issued for parts of Pettyjohn Road in the Tehama Zone and County Road in the Glenn Zone, the report confirmed.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties
  • Acres: 86,509
  • Containment: 81 percent
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Structures threatened: 7,647

"Hazard mitigation will continue along roadways, adhere to all roadway signs and traffic advisories on the CZU Lightning Complex. As traffic is reintroduced into these areas, people may be distracted by the damage and not be aware of their immediate surroundings. Please use caution when driving," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Tuesday.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place across parts of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

California Creek fire Shaver Lake September 2020
Flames incinerate a forest as the Creek Fire rapidly expands on September 8 near Shaver Lake, California. David McNew/Getty Images

LNU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo and Solano
  • Acres: 375,209
  • Containment: 91 percent
  • Fatalities: 5
  • Structures threatened: 1,204

Acreage and containment of the LNU complex fire remained the same as a day earlier, according to the latest report Tuesday by Cal Fire.

"The Hennessey Fire is currently 317,909 acres and 91 percent contained, the Walbridge Fire is currently 54,940 acres and 95 percent contained and the Meyers Fire is 2,360 acres and 100 percent contained.

"Crews will continue to work to reinforce containment lines and fire suppression repair teams remain active throughout the area. A Red flag warning is still in effect for the area," Cal Fire noted.

SCU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Merced, Stanislaus counties
  • Acres: 396,624
  • Containment: 95 percent

"Minimal suppression repair activity was performed due to high probability of ignition values, high temperatures and low humidity. Interior Islands will continue to be a concern due to increased smoldering and creeping. Limited suppression repair efforts taking place due to extreme fire weather conditions," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Tuesday.

Oak Fire

  • Location: Mendocino County
  • Acres: 863
  • Containment: 10 percent

"Fire resources made progress today [Tuesday] strengthening containment and constructing contingency lines. Firefighters were hindered by the steep rugged terrain however, the cooler than expected temperatures and minimal wind allowed them to make progress," Cal Fire confirmed in its latest report Tuesday.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the "3rd Gate (all), Brooktrails (all), Spring Creek (all), Schow Rd/Ryan Creek Rd, and Sleepy Hollow," areas.

Evacuation warnings are in place for "Irmulco Rd, Sherwood Rancheria, Shimmins Ridge Rd, Hearst Willits Rd, String Creek, Willits Valley - north of Highway 20," the report noted.

See Cal Fire's full report for details on road closures.

For the latest up-to-date information on these fires, visit the Cal Fire website.